SRINAGAR: The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is taking measures to promote registration of workers by the end of this month.
M K Arya, Regional Director, Jammu & Kashmir region who said that informed that in order to encourage the Employers to register themselves under the provisions of ESI Act, a Scheme for Promoting Registration of Employers and Employees (SPREE), that has been launched recently by the Corporation that will end this month.
Highlighting the salient feature he informed that the drive intends to extend social security benefits to all eligible workers under the Act, who have till now been kept out of the ESI coverage.
This is one time opportunity to the Employers to register themselves under the provisions of the ESI Act 1948. The advantage of the said scheme to the Employers is that those Registered during the period will be treated as covered from the date of registration or as declared by them without attracting liability for the past period even if the Act was applicable retrospectively.
During the discussion, Arya informed that the GoI has recently enhanced the threshold wage ceiling for coverage of workers under the ESI Scheme from the existing Rs. 15,000/- per month to Rs. 21,000/- per month from January, 2017 because of which the insurable population covered under the Scheme is likely to further increase. It was also revealed by him that at present the ESI Scheme has been fully implemented in eight Districts in the J&K State and now the matter is under process actively for also extending the Scheme fully in the remaining 14 Districts of the State including two districts of Ladakh division namely Leh and Kargil, seven districts of Kashmir division namely Anantnag, Kulgoan, Shopian, Gandarbal, Bandipora, Baramulla & Kupwara and five districts of Jammu division namely Rajouri, Poonch, Doda, Ramban and Kishwar where survey of units / establishments has already been done by ESIC and arrangements for medical services have also been made and confirmed for upcoming Insured Persons.
Besides, in order to cater new business establishments and to the newly surveyed IP population and their families at district level itself, the ESIC J & K Region has a plan to open two district offices each at Udhampur and Rajouri districts and subsequently two more district offices are also proposed to be opened one each at Srinagar and Leh besides opening of one Branch Office each at Poonch, Ramban, Leh and Kargil in future.
ESIC is India’s premier Social Security Organisation catering to the Social Security needs of more than 2.09 Crore insured persons with their families having a total of 8 crore beneficiaries through its 61 Regional/Sub-Regional/Divisional/Camp Offices, more than 650 Branch Offices, over 150 hospitals and more than 1500 dispensaries spread across India, by way of providing various cash benefits as well as medical care at the time of need.